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Exploring Atmospheres Ethnographically

1st Edition

By Sara Asu Schroer, Susanne B. Schmitt


192 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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The notion of atmosphere has always been part of academic discourse, but often refers to something vague and diffuse - a phenomenon connected with our affective engagement with the world that is difficult to grasp. This volume develops and refines the concept of atmosphere, seeking to render it productive for anthropological and social scientific research by bringing together a range of original ethnographic studies in combination with investigation of the use of the term in language. The chapters examine dimensions of atmosphere through topics of interdisciplinary concern, such as learning and the acquisition of skills, the experience of place, affect and mood, multi-species relations and the perception of weather and environment - whether in natural landscapes, medical and educational settings, homes or creative contexts - Exploring Atmospheres Ethnographically analyses the relational and transformational processes through which people perceive, experience and live in a moving atmospheric world. As such, it will appeal to scholars of anthropology, sociology, geography and cultural studies with interests in space and place, sensory ethnography and affect.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction – Thinking Through Atmospheres

Sara Asu Schroer and Susanne B. Schmitt

2. Hauptschule: Atmospheres of boredom and ruination

Stefan Wellgraf

3. The making of pub atmospheres and George Orwell’s Moon Under Water

Robert Shaw

4. Vapours in the sphere: Malaria, atmosphere and landscape in wet lands of Agro Pontino, Italy

Paolo Gruppuso

5. Senses of being: The atmospheres of listening to birds in Britain, Australia and New Zealand

Andrew Whitehouse

6. “A feeling for birds”: Tuning into more-than-human atmospheres

Sara Asu Schroer

7. Making charismatic ecologies: Aquarium atmospheres

Susanne B. Schmitt

8. Waves of Experience: Atmosphere and Leviathan

Julia Bee and Gerko Egert

9. From affective encounters to wearable forms: Fashion design pedagogy and the creation of atmosphere

Todd E. Nicewonger

10. Living atmospheres: Air, breath, song and mutual constitution in experimental theatre

Caroline Gatt

11. The harsh smell of scentless art: on the synaesthetic gesture of hospital atmosphere

Anette Stenslund

12. On the Dynamic and Duration of Atmosphere: Sounding out New Phenomenology through Music at China’s margins

Friedlind Riedel

About the Authors

Sara Asu Schroer is a Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, UK.

Susanne Schmitt is Creative Director of 'How to Not be Stuffed Animal. Moving Museums of Natural History through Multispecies Choreography' and is a transdisciplinar sensory ethnographer and maker.

About the Series

Anthropological Studies of Creativity and Perception

The books in this series explore the relations, in human social and cultural life, between perception, creativity and skill. Their common aim is to move beyond established approaches in anthropology and material culture studies that treat the inhabited world as a repository of complete objects, already present and available for analysis. Instead these works focus on the creative processes that continually bring these objects into being, along with the persons in whose lives they are entangled. All creative activities entail movement or gesture, and the books in this series are particularly concerned to understand the relations between these creative movements and the inscriptions they yield. Likewise in considering the histories of artefacts, these studies foreground the skills of their makers-cum-users, and the transformations that ensue, rather than tracking their incorporation as finished objects within networks of interpersonal relations. This series is interdisciplinary in orientation, with the concern of the titles always being with the practice of interdisciplinarity: on ways of doing anthropology with other disciplines, rather than doing an anthropology of these subjects. Through this anthropology with focus, they aim to achieve an understanding that is at once holistic and processual, dedicated not so much to the achievement of a final synthesis as to opening up lines of inquiry.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General